Children and youth are not required to get a COVID-19 vaccine to attend school, so there is no exemption process for the COVID-19 vaccine in relation to school attendance. Eligible children and youth are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated.
Parents are responsible for providing up-to-date vaccination information.
You can check to see if your child has the vaccines they need to attend child care or school by:
In addition to the required vaccinations, Public Health strongly recommends:
Your child gets vaccines based on a routine schedule starting at two months of age. By following this schedule, your child will stay up-to-date with the required and recommended vaccinations.
When following the routine schedule, timing matters. The schedule gives some age ranges for your child to receive a vaccine (four to six and 14 to 16 years).
Your child becomes overdue for the four to six year booster once they turn seven years of age. However, your child becomes due for their 14 to 16 year booster 10 years after receiving their four to six year booster.
For example, if they receive their four to six year booster at four years of age, they become due for their 14 to 16 year booster at 14 years of age. For questions, contact the vaccine team.
You can report your child's vaccination by:
Toddlers and preschoolers should be told they will be getting a needle just before getting the vaccine. School-aged children can be told at home that they will be getting a needle. Answer the question:
After the needle, tell your child that they did well. Positive recognition and rewards after the procedure, such as stickers, help a child feel good about the skills they learned during the procedure.
Your child could be suspended from school if their immunization records are not up to date.
Letters are sent out to parents in advance if a suspension is pending.
If you have received a school suspension letter, find out what your options are.
You will need a valid exemption affidavit for your child to attend child care or school when: